I was raised near Peterborough, Ontario in a farming community where ancestors had settled in the 1830's,
My grandmothers brother kept honeybees so as a young child I heard stories about bees and beekeeping.
When I was 20 years old, I traveled to Mexico and Central America. I noticed beekeeping in the Nahautl, Zapotec, Mixtec and Mayan communities. Hives were brightly coloured and kept near the communities.
Back in Canada I was mentored by a few beekeepers and started my first two hives in 1975 while living in the Ottawa Valley woodlands.
- In 2004 I started hives at Georgina Island First Nation on Lake Simcoe.
- In 2005 I installed hives on the Toronto Islands
- In 2009 I installed hives at the Toronto Portlands Energy Centre near the Leslie Spit. I also started a rooftop apiary at the University of Toronto's New College (on Spadina Ave.)
- The UofT apiary was a great connector, the students formed a club and started hives on Trinity College rooftop the following year and now have two other rooftops apiaries on the downtown campus
- In 2010 an apiary was added to a rooftop on the Scarborough UofT campus that helped to kick start their campus farmers market.
- The Urban Toronto Beekeepers Association sprung up in early 2013 and through that have been able to co-host urban apiary visits and help develope awareness of the Toronto beekeeping community and the possibilities of making a difference
- I also installed apiaries in a variety of locations in the Peterborough and Rice Lake area on two organic farms, including an organic lavender nursery.
- In 2014 I started a rooftop apiary at Seneca College Newnham Campus and at Lang Pioneer Village near the North Shore of Rice Lake